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Family Day and Faith-Filled Mealtimes

family eating dinner together

Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children, is an initiative that encourages families to eat together. Research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has found that having regular family meals is one of the best strategies for improving a child’s chances of growing up physically, emotionally, and morally strong. It is good for children’s spiritual life as well.

 
 

Grace in Locked Rooms

by Eric Gurash

Before I do any planning or take action in my catechetical ministry, I try to pray for the particular graces I need to do the work Christ has entrusted to me.

lock and keyI begin by imagining that my life is like a house with many rooms. Much like in my own home, there’s the room I work really hard on to get “just right” when company is on the way—the room in which I am proud to sit and visit. Then there are the rooms I run through doing quick clean-ups in case guests catch a glance of them as they walk by. And there is the room where all the junk goes. That pile of newspapers forgotten beside the sofa gets tossed in there. The stray Legos waiting like landmines to be stepped on by guests end up there too. Of all the rooms in the house, that one stays locked.

 

Promoting Catholic Identity, Part 1: A Sense of Sacramentality

by Darcy Osby

candles and person praying the rosaryThe purpose of our catechesis is not simply to teach facts about the Catholic faith, but to pass on the Catholic faith. It is not enough for our children to know about Catholicism or go through the motions of being Catholic without identifying themselves as Catholic. Our identity is the orientation of our lives, our sense of who we are and our place in the world. If we want our children to fall in love with the Catholic faith and remain committed to it throughout their lives, we must foster in them a sense of Catholic identity so that the thought of losing their faith would mean losing a major part of themselves. This series will explore five characteristics of Catholic identity and how we can nurture those in our children.

   

God’s Gift of Forgiveness Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation

by Chris Sullivan

confessionalSince childhood I have approached the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation with some fear and uncertainty. Not unlike many other Catholics I wonder, “Am I doing it right? Have I remembered everything I ought to confess? How long has it been since my last confession?”

I ought to go more often, and not because of any legal prescription. In fact, like the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is an opportunity to draw near to God.

 

Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness this Catechetical Sunday

by Abigail Ulbrich

hug of forgivenessThe theme for Catechetical Sunday 2014 is “Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” Explore this theme by taking a closer look at the Scripture readings for Catechetical Sunday.

Instructions: Invite a volunteer to read each of the Sunday readings for your group, and then reflect on them with the below thoughts and questions.